10 SPEAKERS, 10 MINUTES,
That's all there is to it: the Green Building Slam. A simple idea, started years ago, has transformed into one of the most fun and inspirational green building events of the year. Learn about 10 innovative, sustainable, high-performance "green" buildings that push the envelope in our built environment. Projects range from residential to multi-family to mixed use developments in the Seattle area.
Each of our juried 10 presenters will have just 10 minutes to show us 10 slides of their exciting project as they explain what they learned, what they would do differently, and any other sustainable contributions that their project has made to our local community. Each presenter is an active member of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, has been trained by a speech coach, and is excited to share their project with the masses. Don't miss this night to remember!
Our audience typically attracts architects, builders, homeowners, energy efficiency experts, real estate professionals, interior designers and fabulous, eco-conscious people like you. This year we are expecting a SOLD OUT event to a packed house of 400+ guests.
master of ceremonies
Architect Sage K. Saskill is a classically trained architect with a broad knowledge base & began his career much like the craftsmen of an era gone by, learning many building trades beforesettling down at a drafting board fat pencil in hand. Sage has been in practice for 23 years in the Northwest and has operated S.A.G.E. Designs NW Architecture Studio Inc [SDNW] in Seattle for 11 years. He was the Seattle Chapter President of the NWEBG in 2003. Sage
Current missions: building his own house addition out of Faswall blocks & working to house the homeless in Seattle.
S.A.G.E. Designs NW Architecture Studio Inc
SAGE K. SASKILL
Our sustainable efforts to date have enabled us to significantly reduce our water use and carbon emissions, and become less reliant on carbon based fuels and grid based energy. For us to become more sustainable has been an exciting and worthwhile journey. The energy reduction retrofits to our 1987 built home were the most cost effective in reducing our energy demands, before adding the PV system, EVs, and PW2 batteries.
David Kendall, Retired Marine Biologist/Homeowner
SIX YEAR SUSTAINABILITY QUEST PAYS OFF!
Solhaus, a 10-unit townhouse project was co-developed by the presenter, architect Bradley Khouri, and Sloan Ritchie
of Cascade Built. It transformed two typical Seattle infill rectangular lots into two” L-shaped” lots to create a large central courtyard with a shared below grade parking garage for all residents. The site organization encouraged engagement with the central courtyard. A goal of the project was to create a shared project that all residents could benefit from, and an innovative solution that established unique designs for all units.
Bradley Khouri, b9 architects/Sloan Ritchie, Cascade Built
Imagine an unlikely team: a grandmother passionate about leaving a legacy for a better world, and a youthfully optimistic builder and an entrepreneur determined to inspire a reconsideration of the built environment. This 3 story residential retrofit and new construction project is unique for many reasons, but at the core is the application of a little known natural building material. Hempcrete is an insulating thermal envelope infill material derived from the wooden core of the industrial hemp stalk, a limestone based binder, and water. When combined and cast into form boards around a structural frame, the mixture sets up by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a calcification reaction.
Matthew Mead & Tommy Gibbons, Hempitecture LLC
THE HIGHLAND HEMP HOUSE: Natural Building with Modern Innovation
In Whatcom County, only 34% of homes are considered affordable to Median Income households. We will briefly examine the definition of affordability, with a summary of some of the current realities in the housing market. Ted will present a case study of a recent home build in Bellingham for Michael Toomes and Suneeta Eisenberg – a 2018 DOE Honorable Mention in the “Affordable” category.
Ted Clifton Jr. & Thad Johnson, TC Legend Homes
ZERO EMERGY: A SOLUTION TO MAKING HOUSING AFFORDABLE
Shop class is going extinct. With only three Seattle public high schools left offering woodworking and shop programs, we have to wonder: is our education system ready to bar entry to a hand-made future? We want to open every door for today’s teens, and show them that beyond those doors is an entire world dreamed up, designed, and built by people like them.
Sarah Smith, Sawhorse Revolution
TEENS TRANFORMING COMMUNITIES
This family had two tweens that needed their own bedrooms, and a home-based furniture business involving a lot of bulky inventory. They desperately needed more space! The team soon realized that a DADU would meet all their needs. This would allow the clients to reclaim a converted bedroom and give each tween their own space, while creating a multi-functional building they can utilize for decades to come.
Laura Elfline, Mighty House Construction/Roy McGarrah, Living Shelter Design
TWO TWEENS, ONE HOME BUSINESS, AND A MODEST CRAFTSMAN DIVE DEEP GREEN
Advances in tree assessment technology combined with innovative design, fitting design, and bold engineering have made tree supported structures that meet building codes more common. I will cover the current technologies in use and illustrate with several recent treehouse projects that I have been part of. With the current interest in treehouses, canopy zip line tours, and aerial adventure parks this is a timely and fascinating 10 minutes!
Scott D. Baker, Tree Solutions Inc. Consulting Arboroists
TREEHOUSES: Technically Advanced Green Structures
This presentation tells the story of an eight year journey developing a bottom-up housing model. The result is a village that includes 22 unique homes between 160 to 300 square feet, the result of an elaborate collaboration by an array of local builders and architects. The residents have formed a housing cooperative, and they realize affordability through pooling resources, self-management, and operating at-cost (because there is no third-party profit).
Andrew Heben & Alicia Ginsberg, SquareOne Villages
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
When Karl and Mary Lou Pauly started their new home in Issaquah, they chose an interesting triangular lot in a quiet spot only a block from historic Main St. Small town living at its best combines walkability with easy access to transit, I-90 and the Mountains to Sound Greenway. After a 30 year career in commercial construction building many LEED projects, Karl was ready for the challenge of “doing it right” by building for himself. His commercial expertise brought organization and attention to detail to the project.They decided early on to use the City of Issaquah’s expedited permit incentive program, and to design and build for great comfort and ridiculously low energy costs.
Karl & Mary Lou Pauly, Homeowners
THE BAT HOUSE
Affordable housing has become an increasingly urgent issue in the US, and the Puget Sound region is feeling that strain more intensely than many areas. Communities are stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive when all the employees of a city are able to live in the place that they work. Residential suites, or micro housing, create a sustainable option to the affordability question for single people, the largest household type and growing. The cities of Kirkland and Redmond have recognized this need and understand the natural sustainability that comes with building smaller units.
Angela Rozmyn, Natural And Built Environments
AFFORDABLE, GREEN WORKFORCE HOUSING: Residential Suites
2018 Slam Sponsors
Thank you sponsors for your generous support. Interested in sponsoring? Please email Jenny Heins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
5:30 pm - 6:45pm // Registration, Drinks & Appetizers, Networking
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm // SLAM Presentations
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm // Intermission
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm // Presentations Resume
10:00 pm // Networking, Dessert & Coffee